Oceans: The Vast, Mysterious Deep

Oceans: The Vast, Mysterious Deep

by David L. Harrison, Cheryl Nathan
     
 

Oceans cover more than seventy percent of the earth. Below the surface of the water lies chains of volcanoes, deep trenches, and tall mountains, whose tops break the water in the form of islands. Above the surface, oceans affect the earth's weather. Wind and water can create severe storms, depending on the temperature. The Gulf Stream, a current that begins in the

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Oceans cover more than seventy percent of the earth. Below the surface of the water lies chains of volcanoes, deep trenches, and tall mountains, whose tops break the water in the form of islands. Above the surface, oceans affect the earth's weather. Wind and water can create severe storms, depending on the temperature. The Gulf Stream, a current that begins in the Gulf of Mexico, travels across the Atlantic Ocean and affects the climate in the British Isles. Oceans are an important part of the planet. This basic introduction explores oceans form their formation millions of years ago to the important role they play in nature each day.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
How do you explain something as complex and diverse as the ocean to a young child? How do the seas stay full of water? What critters live there, near the surface or way down deep? Oceans sometimes have huge ice chunks, they never stay still, they are affected by the moon, yet are vulnerable to humankind's pollution and over fishing. Harrison takes on these vast issues and more with spare, well-written text. Nathan's illustrations are simple, colorful, attractive. Particularly well-done are complicated subjects such as deep trenches on the ocean floor, tsunamis caused by deep water volcanoes or earthquakes, or ocean storms—typhoons, hurricanes and cyclones. Good job! This introductory book would be a fine addition to a school or classroom library as well as the shelf of a nonfiction-loving young reader. 2003, Boyds Mills Press, Ages 3 to 7.
— Judy Crowder
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-This colorful offering provides a glance at the oceans of the world, their creation, the cycle of the Earth's water supply, the polar regions, and the Marianas Trench. Also discussed are waves, including tsunamis and the volcanic action that creates them; the effect of wind on water; the Gulf Stream; and tides. Some animal life is presented, although not much-the blue whale, three identified sea animals among a plethora of others illustrated in the reef spread, and pictures of four bottom fish that are rarely seen. The text ends with a plea for humans to take better care of the oceans and their animals and plants. The writing is more factoidal than discursive and the book's organization can be a challenge. Still, the art is engaging, and this title could inspire a deeper exploration of the subject.-Dona Ratterree, New York City Public Schools Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590780183
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
08/03/2004
Series:
Earth Works Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.12(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

David L.  Harrison, who hold degrees in biology and parasitology, is the author of more than sixty books, including the previous titles in the Earthworks series: Caves, Rivers, and Volcanoes. He lives in Springfield, Missouri.

Cheryl Nathan is the illustrator of The Rain Forest Counts; Bugs and Beasties; and the other titles in the Earthworks series. She lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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